With origins dating back to 1478,Oxford University Press is the world's largest university press with the widest global presence. Our Global Academic Publishing program spans the entire academic and higher education spectrum, including a wide array of scholarly and general interest books, journals, and online products.
OUP opened a New York office (now OUP USA) in 1896, primarily as a distribution branch, but by the 1920s began publishing books of its own. Its very first publication, The Life of Sir William Osler, won the Pulitzer Prize in 1926. Since that time, we have been privileged to publish a multitude of award winning books, including 14 more Pulitzer Prize winners.
At OUP, we believe in the power of the written word and the scholarship that stands behind it. Everything we publish relates directly to our mission: to support Oxford University's objective of excellence in research, scholarship, and education. As a press, we take pride in this mission, which allows us to enable, support, and facilitate research and scholarship.
Our mission is to make the best scholars and research available to as many people as we can. To make this possible, OUP works with world-renowned scholars at the top of their fields. The delegates of each subject serve as stewards over the publishing in their general subject area—history, music, science, philosophy, etc.—and approve each publication with the assistance of professors familiar with the work in question who have read and reviewed it in detail.
What is so exceptional about this process is both how well it works and that it is practically unheard of outside of scholarly publishing. We hold all of our publishing to this standard, so our readers can be assured that they are benefitting from the highest quality content.
OUP publishes authoritative works in many fields of interest. In addition to 15 Pulitzers, we have been honored to publish several National Book Award and National Book Critic Circle-winners and over a dozen Bancroft Prize-winners in American History. We are proud to publish such accomplished authors as James McPherson, Alan Brinkley, Richard Dawkins, William Safire, Henry Louis Gates, Jr., and Rachel Carson.
Our Higher Education publishing program offers students and professors the highest quality materials for teaching and learning. Our reference group creates comprehensive resources to support every kind of research need. Our medical and legal teams publish practical research tailored to the needs of their professional audiences.
Our trade and academic publishing serves the translational purpose of introducing the general public to some of the brightest minds and most relevant research in academia. OUP's Journals program publishes more than 300 journals in the humanities, social sciences, and medicine that bring high-quality research to the widest possible audience.
Oxford University Press is mission-driven to support scholarship and education by publishing worldwide. As an employee of the Press, you will play an important role in ensuring the continued success of our organization. We value the unique abilities, experience, and background that you bring.
The mission and values of Oxford University Press are reflected in the culture of our workplace and the integrity of our employees.
From the sense of community that our employees help build, to the quality, innovation, and high standards we bring to our diverse publishing portfolio, the culture of Oxford University Press is among the top reasons our employees remain committed to the work they do.
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I have been working at Oxford University Press full-time (more than 10 years)Pros
A mission-driven organization that publishes the best of the best, an employer to be truly proud of. Work-life balance tends to be very good, including generally good support for working parents. Staff tend to be friendly and team-oriented. Good facilities and benefits.Cons
The company seems to be investing less and less in its workforce, including training. Can be very slow to move with market trends and innovation comes very slowly. Tends to want to be seen as a competitor with major commercial publishers but still expects to pay staff on a not-for-profit scale.Advice to ManagementAdvice
Invest in and cultivate staff.RecommendsNeutral OutlookApproves of CEO
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Applied online, contacted by HR, then in-person interview. Interviewer was very friendly and did not ask anything intended to throw you off. They want to see an interest and commitment to publishing industry.Interview Questions
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Oxford University Press is a department of the University of Oxford. It furthers the University's objective of excellence in research, scholarship, and education by publishing worldwide.